Pirates Disrupted as Suez and Susan Go Free

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Jun 202011
 

Lack of evidence meant catch-and-release

On 19th June, EU NAVFOR Flag Ship, Portuguese frigate Vasco Da Gama disrupted a skiff which was suspected of launching an attack on MV Ejnana in the Gulf of Aden earlier that day.

The Portuguese warship intercepted a distress call from the Ejnana reporting that it was being attacked by a skiff.  Vasco Da Gama was immediately tasked to proceed to the area in order to investigate the incident.  During her approach, radio contact was maintained and several recommendations were passed to the merchant vessel trying to repel the attack.  By following these directions the vessel fended off the pirates and reported being safe.

The helicopter from EU NAVFOR British warship HMS Richmond, which was also tasked to respond, spotted the skiff which contained four suspected pirates.  The individuals onboard realized that they had been located and began to throw the majority of their piracy paraphernalia overboard.  The helicopter passed the position of the skiff to  Vasco Da Gama as she was the closest warship in the area. A few minutes later,  Vasco Da Gama’s own helicopter intercepted the skiff and the boarding team was sent onboard. Continue reading »

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MV SUSAN K pirated only 35 nautical miles from Omani coast

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Apr 082011
 

Susan K

In the early morning of 8 April, the General Cargo ship MV SUSAN K was pirated approximately 200 nautical miles North-East of Salalah, Oman; a location only 35 nautical miles from the Omani coastline.

The vessel was attacked and boarded by at least 10 pirates although exact details of the attack are not known at this time.

The Antigua & Barbuda flagged and German owned vessel was on its way to Port Sudan (Sudan) from Mumbai (India) when it was attacked.  The MV SUSAN K has a crew of 10 (4 Ukraine and 6 Filipino). There is no further information about the crew at present.

The MV SUSAN K was registered with MSC(HOA) and was reporting to UKMTO.  EUNAVFOR are continuing to monitor the situation.

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